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My self-summary
Take your average punk rocker, but make him not-so-secretly really the least "punk" person ever. Add a generous dash of nerd. Script him with a weird combination of literacy and swearing. Wrap it up in a strikingly skinny package. There ya go. So my aesthetic is something like Chucks and jeans and a Ramones shirt but there's a book on World War I in my pocket and I'm reading TV Tropes on my phone while riding the T because whoops, I don't know how to drive.

I realized while awake at 5AM that one of the best gifts anyone could give me is a subscription to that service that buys a low-cost thing for you from the internet every day, and that may say a lot about me (I find everything interesting?).

I have a cute dog, a cute cat, an almost-broken guitar, and a thriving if somewhat anxious imagination. I'm extremely enthusiastic about words—and people who use them well—and equally so about music, art, and anyone who's passionate about anything. I will probably hurl some of my original music at you if you express interest.

I'm here because I'm addicted to meeting fascinating people (almost everyone) who can help make my life awesome (fewer, but still probably almost everyone)—and possibly date/make out/have sex with them if attraction happens. Which is, to be clear, not by any means necessary for me to want to get to know someone. If you're going to add something valuable to my life in any context, that's all it takes.

I'm straightforward, honest, and (hopefully) authentic, almost to a fault. I try to be encourage others to be the same. Also, I tend not to find too many people like this on here, but: I really, really don't like intolerance and closed-mindedness, especially homophobia and the shaming of people with mental illnesses. If either of those things somehow applies to you, do us both a favor and get the fuck out. Do not pass Go; do not collect $200.

shit shit this is probably too long already
What I’m doing with my life
"I went to Union and UMass Amherst and all I got was a history degree and (sort of) a psych minor." Most of my jobs have involved waging the War on Tourism, boom tish, because I love Boston and talking to friendly people. I'm right now working at the Old State House and slowly attempting to do Real Things with my music—which is, like, folk-punk if I'm alone, punk-punk if I'm playing with others. The next couple years will probably hold more of that and/or going back to school for...something. I'd ideally like to find something I enjoy doing that also helps make the world a better place (cliches, sorry) and fights the raging bullshit out there—I mean, besides calling the bastards out in the three-chord, three-minute song format.
I’m really good at
Friend: "You have the butt dialing skills of a god."
Me: "I'm not even sure how that happened. I'm not wearing pants."

HOPEFULLY writing songs about liberal politics, girls with peculiar names, anxiety, Boston, and alcoholic ex-criminals with gambling debts getting whacked by their creditors and dumped in shitty rivers in upstate New York. Among other subjects.

Making words do the word thing. In college I was once described by a roommate as "one eloquent motherfucker" which might be the second-best (see above) compliment I've ever received.

I was a decent crew coxswain before quitting for lack of time slash being extremely ill, and I can tell you all about Boston and Cambridge because it is literally part of my job.
The first things people usually notice about me
My terrifying and imposing figure. I'm somewhat below-average height for a guy and bony as fuck. This *used to be* a major issue for me, so I have serious respect for anyone dealing with body-image problems. (On that note, if you have a good short joke, please tell it to me because I love them. I swear I'm not being sarcastic. I'll tell you my favorite one if you ask.)

Also my intense cheekbones, the fact that my resting assface makes me look vaguely pissed off a lot even though I almost never am, and apparently the slightly distinctive way I talk (or write).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Music: Punk rock! Yeah! And other things! The Clash, (+Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros), Ramones, Green Day (original favorite), Rancid, Social Distortion, The Replacements (current favorite), Frank Turner (my unintentional partial stylistic doppelgänger—did I just seriously use that phrase?), The Offspring, Rise Against, Sex Pistols, The Hives, The Bouncing Souls, Teenage Bottlerocket, The Pogues, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, Talking Heads, blink-182, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden (RIP C.C.), Iron Maiden, The Decemberists, The Mountain Goats, Front Bottoms. PLEASE message me if you like or have even ever heard of Dire Straits.

Books: science fiction and dystopia, alternate history, band/artist biographies, extremely entertaining Hunter S. Thompson-esque stories about crazy shit; Shakespeare! (Midsummer, Macbeth, Hamlet); Ender's Game and sequels (despite the author being an ultra-conservative, homophobic asshat), 1984, On The Beach, The Catcher in the Rye, Franny and Zooey, Animal Farm, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, A Clockwork Orange, World War Z, Looking For Alaska. Still trying to get through the undertaking that is 1Q84 and also trying to read everything Barbara Tuchman, my favorite author of history, has ever written.

TV: The Wire, Fargo, Band of Brothers, The Pacific, 24, Rescue Me, Homicide: Life on the Street, The Night Of, Futurama, BoJack Horseman, Rick and Morty. I have EXTREMELY mixed feelings about Family Guy and Seth MacFarlane in general.

Movies: Quentin Tarantino, the Coen Brothers, Danny Boyle, the better movies Will Ferrel has been in, historical stuff (just in case you hadn't gotten the "BIG NERD" part yet), thrillers with psychological or social-commentary elements, and the occasional pretentious avant-garde fuckery. Trainspotting and Mad Max: Fury Road are good contenders for overall favorite, along with Fargo and Pulp Fiction or Inglourious Basterds.

I'll try pretty much any food at least once. Burritos, Italian, and seafood are favorites. Pasta goes with anything. Spicy is the best taste. I love food, but my appetite is usually terrible, and despite my best efforts I'm pretty sure I've never reached 105 pounds.

Video games: Fallout, Just Cause, Far Cry, Bioshock except for 2, Civilization, Total War, Company of Heroes, SimCity, Call of Duty (the older the better)... and many more. I hauled out an old computer so I'm playing a shitload of Age of Empires and Railroad Tycoon literally while I write this.

Webcomics: xkcd, Questionable Content, Dinosaur Comics (so...possibly the Holy Trinity of nerdy webcomics).
Six things I could never do without
Guitar (+amp/cable/capo/picks/tabs/chord charts because my hearing kinda sucks and I can't learn anything by ear), books, friends I can trust, diabetes medication, the T, Internet (maybe just Wikipedia).

Honorable mention: my favorite drink is the classic gin and tonic, and there is a story behind how that came to be the case.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Lyrics, the possible secret lives of commuters on the T, global injustices, sex (yep, not even gonna pretend on this one), the wildly unpredictable effects of social media, why Joseph Warren got lost to history, and—surprise, surprise for a straight cis dude—gender, which is probably the result of having dated several bi/queer/not-exactly-binary people. I know saying "I think about everything" is another one of those awful OkCupid cliches, but it's legitimately true, and part of the reason I like talking to people so much is that it keeps me from getting wrapped up in my own head.

Oh, and the novel or series of short stories I may eventually write about the fascinating and wonderfully bizarre experience of online dating. Seriously!
On a typical Friday night I am
Playing at an open mic, at a tipsy campfire singalong, D&D-ing it up, or occasionally just playing video games or guitar with my cat and dog as audience.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am not ashamed to admit that I first got into punk rock by way of Green Day. On that note, I'm pretty straight but I might (definitely) have a tiny little crush on Billie Joe Armstrong.

I weighed two pounds at birth and should have wound up six inches shorter, so I think I did pretty good.

(Alright, if we're being all straightforward here, the *actual* most private things I'm willing to admit are probably either risque or very personal, but, you know, that might not be the best thing to talk about in what's giving you your first impression of me, so ask me if you actually want to know. For example, about the most horrifyingly awkward experience of my life...which doubles as the story about gin and tonic.)
You should message me if
If you want to exchange some original music or make some together, convince me to actually start writing or start acting again, go to some local shows (music or theatre), help me find or create delicious low-sugar cocktails, introduce me to your favorite band, book, or TV series, explore Boston, or just talk to someone who's interested in everything and everyone. And of course if you, like me, are an insomniac.

...uh, if you read all that? Damn!
The two of us